WASHINGTON, DC -- A shocking report by Amnesty International found not a single state in the U.S. has laws that meet international human rights standards for "use of force" by police officers.
So it should come as no surprise that watchdog groups estimate an unfathomable 1000+ Americans are killed every year by American police officers without any real consequences whatsoever.
The majority of those killed are white Americans but the minority and African American population are disproportionally affected. African Americans make up 13 percent of the total population but 27 percent of those killed by law enforcement, per the report.
If we are to take the daily uploads of citizen taken videos and watchdog reports as evidence -- we can see we now have a culture in law enforcement where demanding total obedience has become a priority over public safety. Comply or face death. We see it in the deaths of individuals like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Kelly Thomas, Rekia Boyd, Ezell Ford, Tamir Rice and so many others.
In fact, only eight states require a verbal warning be given before law enforcement uses lethal force. (Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah and Washington).
The Amnesty report provides much needed context after it was announced there will no charges for a Michigan police officer who escalated a disagreement with an unarmed teenager into violence which ended when the officer shot 17-year-old Deven Guilford seven times after a questionable traffic stop.
Yesterday I released a short (emotional) commentary including the raw footage of 17-year-old Deven Guilford's death at the hands of what was in my opinion, a law enforcement officer with his motives and priorities completely upside down.
You can sign Amnesty's petition to support police and citizens by creating guidelines and "deadly force" laws by CLICKING HERE.
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